Music Classes and Birthday Parties with Little Folkies

September 27, 2016

Little Folkies Looking for a unique music class in Marin for your little one? Little Folkies, a folk music class for children ages 0 to 5 and their grown-ups, offers classes for mixed ages with babies, toddlers preschoolers, parents, grandparents and caregivers all getting together every week and singing together like one big family!

Little Folkies helps nurture the love for music that we all have and inspires young families to sing and play. Discover both new and old songs along with rhythmic dance and movement, silliness, musical games and fun activities that promote musical confidence in both little ones and adults. Classes in Marin are offered at Sprout, located at 12 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. 12-week Little Folkies Family classes take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:30 am, Thursdays at 10:30 and 11:30 am, and Fridays at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.

The Blue Angels Return to San Francisco for Fleet Week 2016!

September 26, 2016

Blue Angels perform in San Francisco for Fleet Week

Come and celebrate the men and women who serve in our country’s Navy and Marine Corps at San Francisco Fleet Week 2016. Fleet Week features a variety of events, including a parade of ships, an air show, live music, ship tours, and of course exciting performances by the Navy’s popular Blue Angels precision flying team.

Events take place in a variety of locations on the San Francisco waterfront from October 3–10. The Blue Angels practice on Thursday, October 6, from 1 to 5 pm, and they'll perform over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 7, 8, and 9, at 3 pm. They can be seen from a variety of locations on the Bay, including Angel Island and Fort Baker in Sausalito. The Blue Angels' performance is part of a Fleet Week airshow that also includes the US Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, a Coast Guard rescue demonstration, the Patriots jet team, the Red Star Pilots formation team, and more.

Infant & Child CPR Classes for Marin Parents

September 26, 2016

infant CPR trainingLearning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important part of any first-aid training, and knowing how to properly administer this technique can save a life! Parents and caregivers in Marin County can learn how to administer CPR to infants and children through many different resources. Here are a few places to learn pediatric CPR in Marin. Most of these classes also cover other first-aid skills like automated external defibrillator (AED) basics and the Heimlich maneuver. If you know of a class that's not on the list below, please let us know and we'll add it!

The Novato Fire District provides CPR classes on the third Thursday of each month. Classes cost $15, and cover adult, child, and infant CPR, AED familiarization, and the Heimlich maneuver. Certificate is valid for two years. For more information, visit their website or call (415) 878-2690.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for September 23, 24 & 25

September 23, 2016

Blackie's Hay Day
Celebrate fall at Blackie's Hay Day, on Saturday at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon

Here are our other picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, September 23

  • 52nd Annual Fall Big Book Sale
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    The annual Friends of the San Francisco Public Libary Big Book Sale features over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. Everything is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3 hard cover books; $2 paperback books; $1 DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1. Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Library Lawn
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am
    Join Marin County’s favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Rafael Public. Location: 1100 E Street (at 5th Avenue). For more info, visit their website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7–10 pm

    Join us this Friday for Movies in the Park. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory will begin at 8 pm in Old Mill Park. Bring your blankets, low beach chairs, and flashlights for a fabulous time with family, neighbors and friends. Location: Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 24

  • Weekend Along the Farm Trails
    Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday
    Sonoma County farms are abundant with fall harvest. Pack up the family and head out to the farm! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, hay rides & corn mazes, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Free to visit farms. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • 4th Annual Candy Palooza
    Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The annual Candy Palooza is a free festival of all things sweet featuring free tastings, live music and free tours of the factory. Activities include arts and crafts, carnival rides and midway games, chalk art on the patio and tours of the factory. This event is for kids of all ages. Free. Location: One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween & Vine
    Hermann Sons Hall, Petaluma
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come see the spectacle that is Halloween & Vine. Enjoy the bewitching artistry of more than 39 eclectic and diverse artists from North America. Celebrate the 21st season of this prestigious show where you can purchase one-of-a-kind works of art, handmade from a number of mediums; such as papier-mâché, leather, felt, spun cotton and everything in between. Location: 860 Western Avenue. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Santa Rosa Toy and Comic Con 2016
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    This year will be even bigger than previous years with more activities and dealers. Come check out everything from 200 plus toy and comic dealers to movie cars, LARPing, a video game room, panels, live wrestling from SPW, a lego free play area and a whole lot more! Tickets: $15–$25. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, San Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
    Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

    The Wings Over Wine Country Air Show is presented by the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) as a family-friendly community event. Lots of activities for families and children as well as military jet fly-bys, world class civilian aerobatics, and warbirds. Static displays include the museum's collection of over 30 restored aircraft (most of which will be open for climb aboards), civilian and military statics and morning access to the warbirds that will fly later in the show. Gates open both days at 9 am for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main air show events kick off just after 11 am. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • USTA Kids' Play Day
    Tiburon Peninsula Club
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    USTA Kids' Play Day at the Tiburon Challenger, a Pro Circuit men's professional event, is a special opportunity for children 6–12 to see a special exhibition performance, take part in fun activities and games on the court, and enjoy ice cream. USTA NorCal will have gifts for all participants, and kids and their families can stay to see qualifying matches. Participation in Kids' Play Day is free, but registration is required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blackie's Hay Day 
    Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Blackie's Hay Day has become a community tradition that children look forward to every year. Designed for children of all ages, Blackie's Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment, food trucks, and more. General admission $15 and children under 2 free.. Activity tickets in packets of 25 ($25) and unlimited bracelets ($50) are available. Order advance tickets online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Toy and Clothing Sale
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Marinwood Kids' Toy and Clothing Sale is coming this Saturday (closed 2:30–3 pm to prepare for half-priced sale at 3 pm). Many families bringing quality used toys, books, clothing, equipment, bedding and some furniture to sell at very low prices. Outfit your kids from ages birth through the teen aged years! Cash only, no checks. Location: Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, (off Lucas valley Road). For more info visit their website.
  • Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: Kids Concert
    Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
    Saturday, 10:15–11 am
    Bring the kiddos for this free concert featuring Sam and Abby, from Bloomington, Indiana, They combine clogging, hambone, and soulful singing with energetic banjo playing and some unusual instruments, including musical saw and jaw harp, in a participatory show that is fun for the whole family. Location: Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, Community Room (3rd floor), 2090 Kittredge Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father Goose's Tales
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am, 12:30 & 3 pm and Sunday, 10 am & 12:30 pm

    Marin Theatre Company (MTC) kicks off its 2016–2017 Family Series with Father Goose's Tales. In this production, Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must take over her duties, including storytelling! Father Goose's Tales is written and performed by Jim Napolitano, who brings the nursery rhymes, stories, and songs to life through innovative shadow puppetry, and is ideal for children ages 4 to 8. Tickets are $18 for children under 14 and $22 for adults. Order online at, by phone at  (415) 388-5208, or in person at the MTC box office at 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch Opening Weekend
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Pick your pumpkins straight from the vine. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals, and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, tire swing, pumpkin blaster, and u-pick squash, as well as a farm store. There will also be a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. For more info, visit their website.
  • Much Ado About Sebastopol
    Ives Park, Sebastopol

    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Step back in time for Sebastopol’s annual Renaissance Faire taking place in Ives Park in Sebastopol this weekend. Ives Park will be transformed into the English countryside of Fenford. Kids will receive a Student Passport which leads students of all ages throughout the grounds seeking clues from townspeople and vendors. Enjoy an afternoon of acting, handcrafted wares, ice cold lemonade and tradional foods and brews. Tickets: Adults $14 & Children (11–17) $8.00. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
    Sonoma Plaza
    Saturday 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is Sonoma Valley’s annual tradition of celebrating the harvest of wine grapes and the yearly crush. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition is held on the historic town square and is fun for all ages. Festivities include blessing of the grapes, reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, firefighters' water fight, family grape stomp, parade, kids carnival, tiny tacks race, and 5k run/walk. For more info, visit their website.
  • HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival
    San Rafael High School
    Saturday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come have fun and help save critical school programs for San Rafael City Schools at the HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival on Saturday. Admission is free! Game booths, giant slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, wheel of fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, yummy BBQ, and delicious pupusas. Location: at 185 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Programs for Young Gymnasts at Gymworld in San Rafael

September 23, 2016


Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from GymWorld Gymnastics in San Rafael.

GymWorld offers fantastic Birthday Parties for little gymnasts and their friends! We also offer great programs for our youngest gymnasts ages 18 months to 4 years during the week. We have Open Gyms for Toddlers on a drop in basis three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Come run, jump, bounce, swing, use the foam pit and trampoline!

GymWorld also has great instructors teaching classes for ages 2–4 years. Classes are on Tuesday and Friday mornings and at 2:45pm Mon,Tues,Thurs.

Get Your Tickets Now for Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms

September 22, 2016

Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms In addition to producing healthy and sustainable local food, Petaluma's Tara Firma Farms also puts on fantastic family-friendly events throughout the year. This fall, their annual Pumpkins on Pikes event continues this tradition. Come on out to the farm for Halloween fun with pumpkin carving, live music, dancing, a corn maze, BBQ and more.

Pumpkins on Pikes takes place on Saturday, October 29, from 2 to 10 pm. Bring your pumpkin carving tools, blankets and coats to stay warm after dark, a sheet to cover hay bales for seating, and favorite treat for the dessert potluck. Free pumpkins for carving will be provided with admission. The carved pumpkins are placed on pikes out in the cornfield, and when the sun goes down, the pumpkins are lit. It's an amazing spectacle! A BBQ dinner will be available for purchase at the event, too.

Fall Family Festivals & Fairs in Marin and Beyond

September 20, 2016

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchFall is one of our favorite times of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and beyond. Find a fall festival or fair that's right for your family! We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

  • San Domenico School Garden Faire
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, October 8, 10 am–1 pm

    Enjoy a family-friendly community fun day for all ages. There will be craft & games, live music, farmers' market, eco-exhibits and gourmet foods. Event website.
  • Lagunitas Fall Music Fest
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 2–6 pm
    This annual community music festival supports the Lagunitas Public School District’s Montessori Program and features area performers and youth bands, fun kid's activities, great food, and arts and crafts. Free admission. Food and games available for purchase.  Location: 6350 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.

Hike, Bike, and Ride at Novato's O'Hair Park

September 20, 2016

O'Hair Park Novato

At the west end of Novato is one of Marin's outdoor gems—O'Hair Park. Sharing space with the Dogbone Meadow dog park and Morning Star Farm equestrian center, the 100-acre O'Hair Park is a great place for a family bike ride, hike or off-road stroller.

Head into the park on the Reuben Kaehler Memorial Trail, which forms an easy loop of approximately two miles. Novato Creek parellels much of the trail, and it's fun to clamber down to the creekside to look for little fish and water bugs while you're on your hike. The trail climbs gently uphill into a bay laurel forest, down into a grassy meadow, and then again into a forest. 

Our Top 10 Spooky Halloween Movies for Families

September 19, 2016

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were RabbitHalloween is a few weeks away, and there's nothing much better than watching a spooky (but not too scary) movie with the family and sharing a big bowl of popcorn. I polled everyone in our family to find out what their favorite Halloween movies were, and we came up with this list of ten that we think are must-sees.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (G)

Wallace and Gromit, the ever-charming cheese-loving claymation duo, star in this clever sendup of monster movies, where something horrible ravages gardens and threatens a village's veggie-growing competition. Cute and clever with plenty of jokes (including a few that only grown-ups will get). Ages 3 and up.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (G)

This Halloween classic has been family favorite since 1966, so you probably watched it when you were a kid. Charlie Brown still gets nothing but rocks while trick-or-treating, Linus is always positive that the Great Pumpkin will pay a visit to the pumpkin patch, and it's still funny and touching. For all ages.

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